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Torreon in Show Low Boosts Management Team with Hire, Promotion

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Rolland Vaughn named General Manager with James Hildebrand promoted to Assistant General Manager at idyllic White Mountain luxury golf community

Desert Troon Companies, a Scottsdale-based real estate development and investment firm, strengthened its management team at Torreon Golf Club in Show Low with two recent changes. Rolland Vaughn has been hired as the new general manager for the high-performing team. Additionally, valued team member James Hildebrand has been named assistant general manager and continues as director of food and beverage for Torreon Golf Club, which is proudly managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Scottsdale-based Troon. 

Vaughn brings a wealth of experience to his new position at Torreon and will be a strong addition to the already exceptional team. Vaughn most recently served as general manager for the prestigious Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, California for nearly six years. Prior to that he was the director of golf at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona. Additionally, he has served in golf and management positions in Palm Desert and in Indian Wells, California.

For Vaughn, the opportunity to lead at Torreon Golf Club was serendipitous. “When I was at Southern Dunes, I had the chance to visit Torreon and loved the community, the mountains, and the feel,” explained Vaughn. “When the opportunity presented itself to lead at Torreon, I jumped.”

Torreon’s membership has nearly doubled the past five years with additional growth anticipated for the 2022, 2023 seasons. Torreon Golf Club currently has 1,100 memberships including those that love golf, and those that simply love the tranquil community surrounded by peaceful ponderosa pines and cool mountain temperatures.

“Rolland is an exceptional professional with an impeccable track record at high-caliber clubs across the southwest,” shared Daniel Smith, president of Desert Troon Companies. “As our membership continues to expand, he has the experience and vision to build on the club’s existing strengths and deliver an elevated Torreon experience that our valued members deserve.” 

Born in Michigan, Vaughn went to Ferris State University, the first university in the country to have a professional golf management program sanctioned by the PGA of America. The curriculum included five semesters of internships allowing him to experience golf management in a variety of locations. Vaughn believes that background will serve him well in this new role.  “I see myself as a supporter of the entire Torreon team. I’m there to help them so they can excel in each of their individual positions as well as working together as a unified crew.” 

“We’re thrilled to have Rolland leading the team at Torreon,” said Jeff Thomasson, vice president of operations, Troon. “His passion for quality, teambuilding, training and the member experience, align with the Torreon’s long-term objectives to be a special place where members, guests and associates can enjoy life.”  

Vaughn’s primary focus at Torreon remains the same as it has throughout his career, to elevate the golf and hospitality experience for members. “I’m looking forward to focusing on all service levels, the day-to-day operations and doing whatever I can to take the experience level to the next step at Torreon and fine-tuning it to exceed expectations.”

Vaughn, his wife Allison, their daughter Sawyer, and the family’s rambunctious one-year-old Chocolate Lab Moose Tracks will soon be moving to Show Low. Vaughn officially begins with Torreon in early March.

Located just three hours from Phoenix in Show Low Arizona, Torreon is a luxury golf community nestled in the White Mountains of Northeastern Arizona. It offers convenience, world-class recreation, and amenities for the entire family. Featuring a range of premier amenities such as a sprawling outdoor pool, expansive fitness center, award-winning food at Torreon Grille – as well as a family and game center, fishing pond and endless trails throughout the community, every member or guest is sure to enjoy time at Torreon. 

In addition to Torreon, Desert Troon Companies continues to develop and manage a diverse portfolio of commercial, retail and lifestyle property investments. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona for more than 30 years, the company’s depth and breadth of experience includes corporate build-to-suit, office, retail, hotel, master-planned community, and mixed-use and historic preservation projects.

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